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This client capability MUST be named
cap-notify client capability allows a client to be notified when
the client capability offering (i.e. capabilities listed in
on a server changes.
When enabled, the server MUST notify clients about all new capabilities and about existing capabilities that are no longer available via the messages specified in this document.
Implicit vs explicit support
cap-notify capability MUST be implicitly enabled if the client requests
CAP LS with a version of 302 or newer (
CAP LS 302), as described in the
capability negotiation 3.2 specification.
cap-notify capability MAY NOT be disabled if the client requests
CAP LS with a version of 302 or newer.
When implicitly enabled via this mechanism, servers MAY list the
CAP LS and
CAP LIST responses. Additionally client MAY request the capability with
CAP REQ, and capable servers MUST accept and
CAP ACK the request without side effects.
Clients that do not support
CAP LS version 302 MAY request the
explicitly. Such clients MAY disable the capability at any time. This to ease the
adaptation of new features.
This specification introduces two new CAP subcommands:
Clients implementing this specification SHOULD react to the
CAP NEW message
CAP REQ message if they would like to use one of the newly offered
Upon receiving a
CAP DEL message, the client MUST treat the listed
capabilities cancelled and no longer available.
Clients SHOULD NOT send
CAP REQ messages to cancel the capabilities in
CAP DEL, as they have been canceled already by the server.
Servers MUST cancel any capability-specific behavior for a client after
CAP DEL message to the client.
Servers SHOULD NOT remove support for in-use sticky capabilities.
Clients MUST gracefully handle situations when the server removes support for any capability, including sticky capabilities. If the client cannot continue to operate without a capability, disconnecting with an appropriate QUIT message is acceptable.
The format of the new messages is as follows:
CAP <nick> NEW :<extension 1> [<extension 2> ... [<extension n>]] CAP <nick> DEL :<extension 1> [<extension 2> ... [<extension n>]]
The last parameter in both new messages contain a list of new
extensions that became available on the server (in the case of
or a list of extensions that are no longer available (for
The capability list is space separated.
If capability negotiation 3.2 was used, extensions listed MAY contain values.
Message indicating that a new extension named
batchis now available:
:irc.example.com CAP modernclient NEW :batch
Message indicating that multiple extensions are no longer available:
:irc.example.com CAP modernclient DEL :userhost-in-names multi-prefix away-notify
Example showing a client requesting capabilities when they become available:
Server: :irc.example.com CAP tester NEW :away-notify extended-join Client: CAP REQ :extended-join away-notify Server: :irc.example.com CAP tester ACK :extended-join away-notify
Server changes list of supported SASL mechanisms. This example requires client to support both
CAP LS 302and
Client: CAP LS 302 Server: :irc.example.com CAP * LS :sasl=PLAIN batch Client: CAP REQ batch ... Server: :irc.example.com BATCH +cap example.com/cap-value Server: @batch=cap :irc.example.com CAP client DEL :sasl Server: @batch=cap :irc.example.com CAP client NEW :sasl=PLAIN,EXTERNAL Server: :irc.example.com BATCH -cap
Earlier version of this spec mistakenly missed
DELsubcommands, but had it in the examples anyway.
Earlier version of this spec did not mention whether
DELcan have values or not.
Earlier versions of this spec were missing clarification of client and server behaviour when the capability is implicitly enabled with
CAP LSversion 302 or newer.